When Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s sci-fi series Descender launched in 2015, it introduced readers to an epic space opera where androids were outlawed and the galaxy was split between humanity and technology. With the series speeding toward its conclusion, Lemire and Nguyen surprised everyone with the announcement of a sequel, Ascender — where magic has taken the place of machinery, and the rules are very different indeed. The new series, set 10 years after the conclusion of Descender, won’t launch until 2019 — the final issue of Descender is released digitally and in comic book stores Wednesday — but Heat Vision talked to writer Lemire about the decision to continue the storyline with a new series, and his creative process when coming up with the worlds of tomorrow. Correct me if I’m wrong, but Descender was originally meant to be a stand-alone project, wasn’t it? There wasn’t originally a follow-up series planned. What changed? The … [Read more...] about Writer Jeff Lemire on Moving From Image Comics’ ‘Descender’ to ‘Ascender’
On the heels of President Donald Trump‘s fiery, all-caps tweet against Iran, the White House Press corps wanted to know: Where’s the tough talk on Russia? During Monday’s White House press briefing, the Washington Post‘s Philip Rucker asked press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders about the president’s Sunday tweet once again deeming Russian election interference to be a hoax — a conclusion which stands at odds with the U.S. intelligence community. “As the president has said many times, and stated it over and over again…we maintain that Russia interfered into the elections,” Sanders said. “The president, however, very much so, and has repeatedly [said] — as, again, have the rest of us — that his campaign colluding in that process is a total hoax.” And then Jon Lemire of the AP put this blunt question to Sanders: “The president has very forcefully spoken out against Iran, he’s very forcefully spoken … [Read more...] about AP’s Jon Lemire to Sarah Sanders in Tense Briefing Exchange: Why Won’t Trump Denounce Russia Like He Did Iran?
Progress on this Superman tale isn't exactly moving fast as a speeding bullet. Chris Sprouse, the artist who had been slated to collaborate with Orson Scott Card on a Superman comic-book story, has departed the project. The prolific sci-fi author behind the Ender's Game series of books has been outspoken in his views against same-sex marriage and gay rights. Because of those views, DC Comics received backlash when on Feb. 6 it announced Card as one of several authors who would contribute a chapter to new Superman anthology series. Sprouse announced Tuesday that the media attention the story received prompted him to drop out of the project. STORY: 'Ender's Game' Author's Anti-Gay Views Pose Risks for Film "It took a lot of thought to come to this conclusion, but I've decided to step back as the artist on this story," Sprouse said in a statement. "The media surrounding this story reached the point where it took away from the actual work, and that's something I wasn't comfortable with. My … [Read more...] about Artist Exits Orson Scott Card Superman Story
Thursday afternoon at Emerald City Comic Con, Image Comics unveiled 15 new series scheduled to launch in the latter half of the year, covering genres from fantasy romance to food noir (with crime thrillers, satanic politics and bear-punching along the way). The two-hour panel, helmed by Image's David Brothers, featured appearances of a number of creators working on the new titles, and took the place of the now-traditional stand-alone Image Expo events; the company's recent move from the Bay Area to Portland, Oregon was identified as the reason for a lack of 2017 Expo, although a 2018 event was confirmed during the panel, dated for Feb. 1. Unlike previous Expo announcements, there wasn't a dominant theme to the new titles unveiled, with Brothers pointing to the diversity of material as proof that comics as a medium have been so fully accepted by mainstream audiences that the market will support many different kinds of material. Perhaps notable is the fact that only one title that could … [Read more...] about ECCC: Image Comics Announces 15 New Comic Book Titles for Late 2017
Jeff Lemire's graphic novel The Underwater Welder will be adapted for a film. Ryan Gosling, Ken Kao and Anonymous Content will produce the project, based on the New York Times best-selling graphic novel about a man in the dangerous profession of underwater welding who has a supernatural encounter at the bottom of the sea. The graphic novel was first released in 2012, published by Top Shelf/IDW. Lemire, Chris Staros (editor-in-chief, Top Shelf) and Ted Adams (CEO and publisher, IDW Publishing) are attached as executive producers. The deal was brokered on Lemire's behalf by Angela Cheng Caplan of the Cheng Caplan Company, Inc. and Allison Binder of Stone Genow and on Top Shelf/IDW’s behalf by Tuvyah Aronoff of Schwell Wimpfheimer & Associates. … [Read more...] about Ryan Gosling to Adapt Jeff Lemire’s ‘The Underwater Welder’ for Film